Title: Integration of photovoltaic power plants into the grid : life cycle environmental impacts of infrastructure adaptations for photovoltaic electricity
Authors : Stahel, Valentin
Itten, René
Stucki, Matthias
Conference details: 35th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Brussels, Belgium, 28. September 2018
Issue Date: 28-Sep-2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Abstract)
Language : English
Subjects : Photovoltaic; Electricity Grid; Integration; Environmental Impact; Infrastructure; Adaptation; Greenhouse gas emissions
Subject (DDC) : 621.3: Electrical engineering and electronics
Abstract: The aim of this study was to compare the environmental impacts of 8 different viable technical alternatives for the integration of photovoltaic power plants into the low voltage electricity grid with a photovoltaic electricity share of more than 24 % of the electricity supply mix. The environmental impacts analysed were greenhouse gas emissions, cumulative energy demand, ozone depletion, human toxicity, particulate matter and ecotoxicity. The technical alternatives included expansion of the electricity grid, restrictive allocation of electricity supply limits, as well as the use of lithium-ion battery systems for electricity storage and demand side management (DSM). We applied a prospective life cycle assessment in order to compare the life cycle environmental impacts of the different technical alternatives of integrating photovoltaic power plants with a total peak power of 6 MWp into a 44 km long, low voltage electricity grid supplying 1900 consumers in Switzerland. We also analysed two different load profiles for electricity demand with low and high variability typical for urban and rural electricity grids, respectively.
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Conference Other
URI: https://www.eupvsec-proceedings.com/proceedings/dvd.html
https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/12756
Other identifiers : 3-936338-50-7
Published as part of the ZHAW project : PV2050: Sustainability, market deployment and interaction to the grid – the impacts of advanced PV
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